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Where Camels Become Beauty Queens: Inside Mongolia's Biggest Camel Festival

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 08:16

Two-humped Bactrian camels were domesticated thousands of years ago to carry goods and people across Asia. One festival in Mongolia annually celebrates this gentle giant.

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Congress' Showdown With The Executive Branch: Here's What You Need To Know

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 07:00

Democrats in the House want documents, records and testimony. The Republican-controlled administration won't play ball. Here is how we got here — and what's coming next.

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Cuban Immigrants Were Given A Haven In The U.S., Now They're Being Deported

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 05:00

Sixty-four Cuban nationals were deported in fiscal year 2016. Two years later, the number was 463, a more than sevenfold increase, as U.S. policies have toughened towards Cuban immigrants.

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After Backlash, Rhode Island School District Rolls Back 'Lunch Shaming' Policy

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 18:26

Warwick Public Schools reversed its decision to bar students with delinquent debt from access to hot lunch meals after it was met with anger. An outpouring of donations have since erased the debts.

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U.S.-China Trade Talks End For Now, As Higher Tariffs Take Effect

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:15

Trade negotiators from the U.S. and China wrapped up two days of "candid and constructive" talks Friday but failed to reach agreement. The Trump administration imposed higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

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House Democrats Subpoena Trump Tax Returns

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:52

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal argues the Treasury secretary is in violation of U.S. tax code that states the department must turn over tax returns requested by the panel.

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How A Shirt From Target Helped A Survivor Of Deadly Amtrak Crash Heal

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:40

Four years ago, on May 12, Janie Dumbleton was on her first business trip when Amtrak 188 derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight. The shirt she was wearing that day has helped her overcome PTSD.

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Palestinian Artists Call For Eurovision Boycott; Israel Responds With PR Campaign

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:44

The Eurovision Song Contest starts next week in Tel Aviv. A cultural collective in Gaza is calling for a boycott of the competition; Israel has responded with PR videos and a "BDS" website of its own.

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Mexico's Star Race Walker Lupita González Hit With 4-Year Ban For Doping

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:12

González, 30, won a silver medal at the Rio Summer Olympics. With the threat of suspension hanging over her, she had been training in hopes that she could compete in next year's Tokyo Games.

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Proposed Rule Could Evict 55,000 Children From Subsidized Housing

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:02

Under the Housing and Urban Development change, immigrants in the county illegally would be prevented from receiving federal housing aid. The result could be thousands of families evicted.

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Makers Of Sam Adams And Dogfish Head Beer Announce Merger Deal

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:12

The companies' founders say that the merger is going to better position the craft brewers to compete in an industry that is seeing rapid consolidation.

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Threats By Text, A Mob Outside The Door: What Health Workers Face In The Ebola Zone

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:50

... and why it's prompting a radical rethink of the Ebola strategy in Congo.

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Why Racial Gaps In Maternal Mortality Persist

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:32

Black and Native American women die of pregnancy-related causes at a higher rate than white women. Researchers say the gaps are driven by unequal access to health care and the experience of racism.

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2 French Commandos Die In Operation To Free 4 Hostages In Burkina Faso

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:31

France's military says it's mourning the men who died during the rescue of two French tourists, an American, and a South Korean.

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A Very Happy Viral Video With A Sad Back Story

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:21

Thousands of people are enjoying the dance of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who was thrilled with a new prosthetic leg. The ongoing story of civilian (and child) casualties doesn't get the same attention.

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Opinion: Keep Limits Intact On Medical Residents' Work Hours

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:23

Caps on shift lengths for medical residents were implemented to improve patient safety. Given the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional capacity and residents' well-being, why risk longer hours?

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Millions In India Face Uncertain Future After Being Left Off Citizenship List

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:06

The northeastern state of Assam left some 4 million people, mostly Muslims, off its citizenship register last year. At the same time, India is seeking to offer citizenship to non-Muslim foreigners.

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Former U.S. Diplomat Convicted Of Threatening Arab American Group

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:49

A former U.S. diplomat, Patrick Syring, sent threatening emails to members of the Arab American Institute for more than a decade. On Thursday he was convicted of seven federal hate crime charges.

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Chelsea Manning Is Freed From Jail, Faces New Subpoena In WikiLeaks Case

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:44

Manning is due to return to federal court on May 16. Despite an offer of immunity, she has refused to answer questions about WikiLeaks, saying she already has shared everything she knows.

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Conan O'Brien Settles Joke Theft Lawsuit — And Makes Fun Of NPR's New Music

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 07:39

"Short of murder, stealing material is the worst thing any comic can be accused of," O'Brien writes. The case was due to go to a jury trial within weeks.

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